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Students can find the Honors Center at the Claire T. Carney Library, Room 220. Students can also locate the Honors College Director and our administrative assistant to ask any questions about the Honors College.

Honors College Staff

Amy Shapiro
Amy Shapiro

Honors College Director

Honors College
Claire T. Carney Library 221

508-910-9051
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Dr. Shapiro's work has focused on the cognition underlying memory storage and retrieval in the classroom, laboratory and real world. She has examined the effect of the internet and classroom clickers on learning, the development of false memories and the organization of memory store. Her most recent research explores the personality characteristics and cognitive processes that underlie belief in conspiracy theories and misinformation. She seeks to uncover why it is that people who may use rigorous cognitive strategies in most areas of life employ more error-prone strategies when it comes to certain subjects (e.g., government or vaccines). Her work has been funded by the US Department of Education's IES program and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.


Brian Ayotte
Brian Ayotte

Associate Professor

Psychology
Liberal Arts 347

508-999-9206
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Dr. Ayotte is interested in the role of individual and interpersonal factors on health-related attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes through the lifespan. His work includes the examination of health behaviors in married couples, health-related outcomes in healthcare employees, independent living skills in younger and older adults, health-related decision making, and other related work. In his life outside of work, he loves to swim, bike, run, and hike with his wife and dog.


Suzanne Melloni
Suzanne Melloni

Director of Student Support Services

Honors College
Claire T. Carney Library 222

508-999-9299
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Kristen Kadlec
Kristin Kadlec

Assistant Director of Student Support Services

Honors College
Claire T. Carney Library 224

508-999-8493
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Maria Carreiro
Maria Carreiro

Administrative Assistant

Honors College
Claire T. Carney Library 220

508-999-8820
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Honors Council Leaders

Kayla Carmona-Swisher 
President
Email: kcarmonaswisher@umassd.edu

Fiona Marques 
Vice President
Email: fmarques@umassd.edu

Joshua Comstock 
Secretary
Email: jcomstock@umassd.edu

Leandro Neves 
Treasurer
Email: lneves1@umassd.edu

Cameron McAlpine
Community Service Director
Email: cmcalpine@umassd.edu

Queyka Saint Louis
DEI Representative
Email: qsaintlouis@umassd.edu

Jade Silvia 
Events Coordinator
Email: jsilvia7@umassd.edu

Katelyn Pereira
Photographer
Email: kpereira18@umassd.edu

McGuire Bettes
Social Media Director
Email: mbettes@umassd.edu

Ryan Nash
Under-Class Representative
Email: rnash1@umassd.edu

Kaitlin Aurelio & Daniela Sousa 
Upper-Class Representatives
Email: kaurelio@umassd.edu & dsousa6@umassd.edu

Honors Faculty

Eli Evans

Assistant Teaching Professor

English & Communication
Liberal Arts 216F

508-999-8274

eevans@umassd.edu

Heliosa Alves
Heloisa Alves

Assistant Teaching Professor

Psychology
Liberal Arts 358

508-999-8381

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Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Adult
Dion 308B

508-999-9148

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Honors Curriculum Committee

Brian Ayotte
Chairperson
Honors Curriculum

Heloisa Alves 
Full Time Lecturer
Psychology

Eli Evans 
Full Time Lecturer
English & Communication

Tracie Ferreira
Associate Professor/Chairperson
Bioengineering

Laura Franz 
Professor
Art & Design

Jeanne Girard
Part-time Lecturer
Management & Marketing

Kristen Sethares 
Professor
College of Nursing & Health Sciences/Adult

Ronald Sherwin 
Associate Professor/Chairperson 
Music

Mark Silby
Associate Professor
Biology

Jay Zysk 
Associate Professor
English & Communication

Kayla Carmona-Swisher 
Curriculum Committee Student Representative
Class of 2024

Cameron McAlpine
Curriculum Committee Student Representative
Class of 2023

 

Honors Advisory Council

Heloisa Alves 
Full Time Lecturer
Psychology

Paul Bacdayan
Associate Professor
Management & Marketing

Robert Darst
Associate Professor
Political Science

Eli Evans 
Full Time Lecturer
English & Communication

Jessica Fernandes Gomes 
Assistant Dean
College of Visual & Performing Arts

Tracie Ferreira
Associate Professor/Chairperson
Bioengineering

Laura Franz 
Professor
Art & Design

Jeanne Girard
Part-time Lecturer
Management & Marketing

Mahzad Hojjat 
Professor
Psychology

Pamela Karimi
Associate Professor
Art Education Art History & Media Studies

Jennifer Mulnix
Professor/Chairperson
Philosophy

Kristen Sethares 
Professor
College of Nursing & Health Sciences/Adult

Michael Sheriff 
Assistant Professor
Biology

Ronald Sherwin 
Associate Professor/Chairperson 
Music

Mark Silby
Associate Professor
Biology

Glaucia Silva 
Professor
Portuguese

Steven White
Professor
Management & Marketing

Jay Zysk
Associate Professor
English & Communication

Kayla Carmona-Swisher 
Advisory Council Student Representative
Class of 2024